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Image of London red phone booth with taxi cab in the background. London’s signature red phone booths reflect the most beautiful colors of the season.

London is invigorated with new life during the fall season. The centuries of history woven into the brick buildings and cobblestone streets as well as famous landmarks like the Tower of London create not only a quaint and moody atmosphere for the cooler, wetter autumn season, but also great places to explore as the Halloween holiday approaches! London was practically designed to open its arms to autumn; with all its hospitable pubs, scenic parks, historic locations and cozy furnished apartments available to you, there’s no better time to book your stay in London and visit this magnificent city.

Use your eyes and the Eye for the best views of fall

Image of a tree-lined path in Regent’s Park in autumn. Regent’s Park is our top recommendation for a stroll to see the best autumn leaves. (Photo credit: Garry Knight)

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Image of people walking in Tuileries Garden in late autumn. The stunning colors and lighter crowds of Paris in autumn will tempt you to come outdoors even as the temperatures drop. (Photo credit: Wieslawa Hoummada flickr.com/sizun_eye)

Just as the explosive reds and oranges burst forth on the trees, autumn in Paris is when the city truly comes alive. As the summer season comes to a close, the swell of tourists and visitors dies down and locals return home to the heart of Paris to work and go to school. That being said, autumn is considered the best time to experience a truly authentic slice of Parisian life. The weather is mild and comfortable, airfare is cheapest from late September through November, and Paris comes to life with special events, one-of-a-kind art exhibitions, holiday celebrations and of course, the gorgeous backdrop of fall colors in some of the world’s most beautiful gardens. If you’re not yet in love with fall in the City of Lights, consider booking a furnished apartment in Paris to feel truly at home at this wonderful time of year.

Indulge your senses at a more leisurely pace

Image of carousel among the trees in Tuileries Garden in autumn. Ride the carousel in Tuileries Garden and admire a brilliant blur of orange and yellow. (Photo credit: Valerii Tkachenko)

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Image of Flatiron Building with fall leaves. The fall colors of New York City will take your breath away!

New York City summers get quite a reputation for their blazing temperatures and the winter season is often walloped by lake-effect snow and ice, which means the perfect time to visit is between the two. Autumn in New York is great for its mild temperatures, gorgeous fall colors, and a lull in tourism (which means cheaper flights and more apartment availability!) before the extravagant Christmas season. Whether you’re in the mood for a breathtaking stroll through Central Park to look at the fall colors, enjoying a quirky Halloween celebration in true New York style, or celebrating the harvest season with activities for kids and a delicious pumpkin treat, the city has something to make this fall special. New York Habitat also has the perfect accommodation to make your season special, so be sure to book with us—you won’t find a pre-war fireplace or a full kitchen for making festive treats in a hotel room!

In NYC, fall = festival season

Image of outdoor Oktoberfest celebration in New York City with flags and pretzel decorations. Oktoberfest is one of the many fall festivals you can enjoy in NYC. Visit for beer, pretzels, bratwurst and music!

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We are pleased to welcome guest writer Michelle McMurray from the outdoor lifestyle, gardening and lawn care blog at Lawnstarter for this feature.

Image of MTA Metro North train traveling alongside the Hudson River and mountains. Besides giving easy access to a nature getaway, the Metro North Hudson Line has breathtaking views! (Photo credit: Daniel Case)

The Empire State is full of opportunities to leave stress at work and get outdoors. From state parks to botanical gardens, New Yorkers have the chance to experience nature in every corner of the state. The fact that there is so much opportunity to nature directly impacts the high quality of life that many New Yorkers enjoy. Take advantage of the many outdoor places that are just a few hours from New York City, like a weekend getaway to a cabin in the woods. New York State is perfect for the next time you need to take a break from the city and get back to nature.

1. Breakneck Ridge

Image of Hudson River as seen from Breakneck Ridge. If you can make it to the top of Breakneck Ridge, you’ll be rewarded with a dazzling view. (Photo credit: Jeffrey Pang)

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Image of the Manhattan skyline from a viewfinder on the East River. Almost anywhere you stand by the water will give you a beautiful view of the city.

When thinking of famous islands around the world, your first thought may be of a tropical destination like Hawaii, Fiji, or The Bahamas—in fact, New York City is so well-connected, it may be extremely easy to forget that the five boroughs are spread across a series of islands (well, except for the Bronx!). One thing that may help you remember, however, is the abundance of beautiful waterfront vistas, sweeping parks along the river, sandy beaches, and aquatic sports. Between the Hudson and East Rivers, smaller straits like the Harlem River, bays and coves, and landlocked bodies of water like Central Park’s Lake, there are plenty of ways to make a splash in NYC! Read on for all the creative ways you can enjoy the waterfront in the city, and why not make your trip more personal by staying in a New York Habitat furnished rental? With your own furnished apartment, you can enjoy the prime real estate of a waterfront view, usually with a reduced cost and more space!

1. Start by exploring the water’s edge on foot

Image of grassy area and footpaths on Governor’s Island with Manhattan skyline in the background. The rolling green lawns of Governor’s Island are bordered by great waterfront walking paths.

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When thinking about the New York that you’ve seen in the movies, the first things that often come to mind are iconic destinations in the city and the landmarks that dot the skyline. However, any seasoned cinema-goer or New Yorker knows that film history in New York City extends far past the island of Manhattan! Spanning five boroughs, New York City has a massive amount of things to do, sights to see and (most importantly for this article) stories that have been told! While the famous film locations of Manhattan are worth seeing, don’t let the most famous borough dwarf the other four—Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island all have hosted plenty of filmmakers in their own right, and they each have great places to go on your second visit to New York. If you want the most comprehensive tour of film locations in New York, read on… and complement your tour by booking a New York Habitat furnished apartment rental right in the shadow of your favorite film!

1. Blockbusters and beyond in Brooklyn

Image still of Saoirse Ronan in front of the Brooklyn Bridge in the film Brooklyn. Actress Saoirse Ronan stands in the shadow of the real-life Brooklyn Bridge in 2015’s Brooklyn. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

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Image of actress Marilyn Monroe in a white dress from The Seven Year Itch The iconic scene from The Seven Year Itch (1955) in which Marilyn Monroe’s white dress billows up was filmed on the 52nd block of Lexington Avenue!

New York City can easily be touted as the Hollywood of the east coast, and it’s not hard to see why: countless films and television shows have been filmed across the city (including some of the most famous works of American cinema to date), New York is home to four major film and television production studios, and New York boasts its own museum dedicated to the art of motion pictures! If you’ve ever seen a movie or TV show set in New York City and dreamed of living the same life as your favorite characters, you’re in luck; not only has New York Habitat has compiled a guide to some of the most iconic film locations across the Big Apple so you can follow in the footsteps of your favorite movies, but we also have some stunning furnished apartment rentals nearby to immerse you in the experience of being on the silver screen! If you don’t see your favorite New York film featured here, be sure to check out our first film blog outlining six famous movie locations in Manhattan, and the upcoming part 2, which will explore the other four boroughs! New York cinema has spanned the entire city over the years, so be sure not to miss a single site on your walk through cinema history.

1. Movies in Manhattan- Downtown and Midtown

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Image of the Empire State Building and surrounding Midtown Manhattan skyline. Get on top of a roof for a new appreciation of NYC’s splendid skyline!

When you think of New York, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps you think of the bright lights and flashy advertisements of Times Square, the iconic silhouette of the Empire State Building, or the proud symbol of the American Dream, the Statue of Liberty. Whatever your first thought, one thing is for certain: the New York City skyline that contains all of these landmarks is instantly recognizable. Another thing that defines New York City is limited space, and when New Yorkers can’t build out, they build up! The rooftops of New York buildings offer unparalleled views of the dazzling lights of the city, and in celebration of this, we’ve gathered some of the best ways to see the “city that never sleeps” from high above the streets. Read on to see some of our top picks for unique rooftop spaces in the city, from major tourist attractions to your very own New York Habitat furnished apartment rental!

“Raise the bar” with nightlife high above the city

Image of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge rooftop bar with views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. Some may say the best views in New York are from Brooklyn—the rooftop bar at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a great place to start! (Photo credit: Scott Heins)

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Image of a group of young roommates playing music together in a shared apartment. You can make instant friends in a communal apartment!

For many, the prospect of moving to New York is equal parts exciting and daunting. Often, those who choose to take the leap leave behind a hometown that is a lot quieter, smaller, or less densely populated than New York City. They may also leave behind a group of friends, family, or just an established place in their local community. Though a fresh start can be exciting, many newcomers to the city, especially millennials, seek a living situation that will provide them with both emotional and financial security. Enter the latest rental trend that’s revolutionizing the apartment industry: communal apartments.

First, the definition: In a communal apartment, an apartment owner rents each individual room with an individual lease for the tenant. A tenant in a communal apartment will have a bedroom to his or herself, and will enjoy access to a shared living area, often including kitchen facilities and a shared bathroom.

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Image of people crossing a busy London street with the Union Jack flag overhead The beautiful summer weather in London brings locals and travelers alike to the city’s beautiful streets

Summer has begun, and with it one of the best times of the year to visit London! If you’re dreaming of a London vacation this summer but you’re not sure where to start, you’re in luck: Not only do we have a guide of our best bets for summer fun that native Brits look forward to all year, but we also have plenty of furnished apartments close to any activity that interests you. The city of London offers unique opportunities to experience the authentically urban vibe of the city with street fairs and outdoor movies, but also a chance to escape to a natural sanctuary through one of the city’s many parks and outdoor spaces. Read on to see everything exciting happening in London this summer and plan the getaway that’s perfect for you!

Spend a day at Fulham “Beach”

Image of people sitting in lounge chairs at Neverland London’s Fulham beach club with the Thames river in the background. Enjoy a day at the “beach” along the Thames in the heart of London! (Photo credit: Neverland London)

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